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NY Times: McDaniel 'voter integrity' squads plan to 'question' black voters at polls

  The groups supporting challenger Chris McDaniel think they have the right to question voters in the GOP Senate primary runoff about their voting intentions for November’s general election for Mississippi’s U.S. Senate seat, reports  the Times Editorial Blog. Here is the Times’ report: Several right-wing groups have banded together to form a “voter integrity project’ in response to the ...

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Gaming revenues down again in May

The fall in gross gaming revenues at Mississippi’s 30 casinos continued in May, according to figures released by the Mississippi Gaming Commission. Statewide, revenue fell from $192.2 million in May of 2013 to $171.8 million this year that’s a drop of 10.6 percent. As has been the trend, the Mississippi River casinos, which stretch from Natchez to Tunica Resorts, were ...

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Cotton acreage expected to soar 40% over 2013

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The state’s cotton producers remain optimistic about a crop that is up significantly in acreage despite frequent planting delays. The state is expected to plant about 400,000 acres of cotton in 2014, about 40 percent more than last year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported on June 15 that cotton was 98 percent planted. USDA rated 65 ...

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Complaints filed in court on livestock auctions

PONTOTOC and HATTIESBURG — An animal rights group said today that it is filing complaints in courts in Forrest and Pontotoc counties against two livestock auctions sites where it alleges cows, sheep and other animals are being mistreated. Matt Rice, director of investigations for Los Angeles-based Mercy For Animals, said the complaints were being filed in county courts today against ...

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OPINION: Stark contrast awaits voters on Tuesday

Three weeks ago, Mississippians weary of the noise in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate were relieved that the race was finally about to be over. Little did we know that an obscure third candidate’s 1.5 percent of the vote would throw one of the closest elections in Mississippi history into a three-week runoff campaign. While it seemed like only ...

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Bruce publisher elected president of Mississippi Press Association

BILOXI – The publisher of The Calhoun County Journal in Bruce was elected the 142nd president of the Mississippi Press Association during the newspaper trade group’s annual meeting on the gulf coast.  Joel McNeece, 44, will serve as president of MPA and Mississippi Press Services, Inc., an affiliated advertising and marketing service. McNeece and his wife, Lisa, and sister-in-law, Celia ...

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Boyce stepping down as president of community college

GOODMAN — The president of Holmes Community College will be stepping down on June 30 to become associate commissioner for academic affairs with the Institutions of Higher Learning. Glenn Boyce has been president at Holmes since 2005. The junior college’s main campus is in Goodman with branches in Ridgeland, Kosciusko and Grenada. Before being named president of Holmes, Boyce was ...

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Deputy city clerk indicted for embezzling from court

OXFORD — A deputy city clerk in Oxford has been indicted on charges she embezzled more than $12,700 from Lafayette County Justice Court receipts in 2012. State Auditor Stacey Pickering says in a news release that 46-year-old Alisa Liggins was released on $5,000 bond after she was booked at the sheriff’s department. Pickering says Liggins has been a deputy in ...

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Bland pushing for ExpressJet as new airline for Meridian

MERIDIAN — Meridian Mayor Percy Bland wants Georgia-based ExpressJet to be the new air carrier for Meridian Regional Airport. The recommendation now goes to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Bland was assisted in his selection by a panel of seven community members who studied the proposals. ExpressJet was one of two airlines to submit bids for Meridian’s air service. Silver ...

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Valley State to rent modular units during dorm renovations

ITTA BENA — Mississippi Valley State University plans to lease modular housing units beginning next fall to offset a housing shortage during dormitory renovations. The College Board approved the plan, giving Higher Education Chancellor Hank Bounds approval over any final contract. In supporting documents, the university doesn’t list a price for the rentals, but says it will rent 50 to ...

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